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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sightseeing Guided Tour provided by Leisure Tours

Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sightseeing Guided Tour

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Follow the safety guidelines as issued by the New Zealand Government and maintain good hygiene and social distancing measures. Do not travel if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. If the city in which you are departing from is in alert level two, then please wear a facemask for all transport.
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Updated 25/09/20
Overview
This Dunedin shore excursion picks you up at the port for a scenic ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway: it's a treat for train lovers. Pass over century-old viaducts on the Taieri River and follow up with a city sightseeing tour by coach. Your visit to the Otago Peninsula includes a glimpse of the Dunedin Botanic Garden and St. Clair Beach.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Port Chalmers
    Port Chalmers, New Zealand
    All passengers must make their way to the private hire area in the cruise ship pavilion which is well sign posted. Please wait for a "Good Company Tours" representative, they will direct you to the buses outside the Visitor Centre. Please get there around 8.45am for a 9.00am departure.
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  • Pass by
    Port Chalmers Wharf
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    Taieri Gorge Railway
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Otago Peninsula
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World
    University of Otago
    Dunedin Botanic Garden
    St Clair Beach
  • You'll end at
    Port Chalmers
    Port Chalmers, New Zealand
    All passengers must make their way to the private hire area in the cruise ship pavilion which is well sign posted. Please wait for a "Good Company Tours" representative, they will direct you to the buses outside the Visitor Centre. Please get there around 8.45am for a 9.00am departure.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Travel round-trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Scenic views and historical sites of the Otago Peninsula
  • Dunedin city sightseeing tour included with guided commentary
  • Port pick-up and drop-off makes for easy transport
Important Information
Departure Point
Port Chalmers, New Zealand
Duration
7h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Round-trip tour on the Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Dunedin city sightseeing tour
  • Professional guide
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Entry/Admission - Otago Peninsula
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Should your cruise ship timetable be indicating that you will be berthing in Dunedin (Port Chalmers) at 9.00am or later, this does not preclude you from booking these tour options. The timetable will simply be altered to align with the cruise ships arrival time
  • If for any reason we are unable to get you to the Dunedin Railway Station prior to the departure of the Taieri Gorge Train then the tour will be adjusted whereby you will travel by coach by road to meet the train and return to Dunedin by train
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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LStarcevich wrote a review Mar 2020
Redding, California, United States25 contributions12 helpful votes
During a cruise stop in beautiful Dunedin we chose to take the train up to the Taieri Gorge. We were picked up near the ship and taken to the magnificent Victorian-era train station where we boarded our vintage train. Our adventure took us through part of Dunedin and then up to
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sightseeing Guided Tour
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your Taieri Gorge Railway and Dunedin Sightseeing Tour from Port Chalmers. I'm really pleased you had such a wonderful day with us on your shore excursion, and felt compelled enough to provide an excellent overview of what you experienced. This tour has been one of the most popular shore excursions we have operated over the past few years and it's great to see more and more people sending in their reviews. With any luck, that momentum will continue well into 2021! Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Dunedin and see the Taieri Gorge again soon!
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Daryl L wrote a review Mar 2020
Wagga Wagga, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
Dunedin is an excellent location and the Railway and Gorge were well worth it. Great rail journey and some amazing views.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sightseeing Guided Tour
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review Daryl. It's great to hear you had an amazing time on your Taieri Gorge Railway Journey and City Sightseeing Tour. I hope you get to return to Dunedin again soon!
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janie180 wrote a review Mar 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom49 contributions17 helpful votes
This was a small group which is ideal for any trip, coach driver was good and the trip around the town very nice. The Taieri Gorge Railway was brilliant, the comentry on the train was very good and informative. There is a buffet car on the train which served tea/coffee and food
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sightseeing Guided Tour
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Thank you for the great review, Jane. I'm really pleased you had such a nice time on your Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sightseeing Tour from Port Chalmers. The train journey through the gorge is a must-do for all those arriving by cruise ships and this tour recently won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award in 2018. I'm really happy that you had such a great experience on the train and enjoyed your sightseeing tour of Dunedin as well. Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Dunedin soon!
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Lee007jon wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia84 contributions38 helpful votes
We were met by some lovely folks at the cruise ship terminal. Unfortunately the weather was cold and rainy so I am sure it did affect the tour. I wasn't as impressed by our bus driver though. My 86 yo mother had a mobility scooter and he could see that she was struggling with
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Bena wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We got into port late and so had to have a modified tour - The tour company was very gracious and made every effort to help us continue our tour. Despite all - this was not to be missed.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway and City Sightseeing Guided Tour
Responded 18 Feb 2020
Based on the content and rating of this tour, I think the title was supposed to be "We weren't disappointed". haha In all seriousness, thanks for the great review of your Taieri Gorge and City Sightseeing Tour of Dunedin. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed this shore excursion, despite the circumstances, and I'm happy the team at port did what they could to ensure you had a memorable day with us. Though we do urge people travelling with us to arrive to the port as soon as possible so as to avoid disappointment, we understand occasionally it may be next to impossible due to unforeseen circumstances and, in some instances, we may be able help out people who are late coming of the ship with a slightly modified tour. With that said, this isn't always possible which is why it's so important to arrive at the meeting point by the time stated on your booking confirmation. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Dunedin again soon!
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  • Duration: 7h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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